Green Bay Packers’ Safety Depth remains a Question

 

Even with safety Morgan Burnett on the field the Green Bay Packers are thin at safety. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports photograph

 

Even when safety Morgan Burnett returns to the Green Bay Packers from injury after the bye week, can the team exist with either M.D. Jennings or Jerron McMillian at the other safety position?

Maybe, but it may be a rocky relationship.

The loss of safety Nick Collins to his career-ending neck injury was a setback from which the Packers have not recovered.  Maybe it is time for the team to consider seeking a replacement before the NFL trade deadline is reached. A capable replacement at safety for the Packers could stabilize the secondary and be the one last ingredient that turns the entire defense around (see Eugene Robinson).

Would Buffalo Bills free safety Jairus Byrd be a good fit for the Green Bay Packers? Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports photograph

If Green Bay is looking at talented and possibly available safeties, there may be some candidates such as George Wilson of the Tennessee Titans, T.J. Ward of the Cleveland Browns, Kerry Rhodes of the Arizona Cardinals, Jairus Byrd of the Buffalo Bills, and Eric Weddle of the San Diego Chargers.

I decided to focus on those safeties that are generally rated higher than Jennings or McMillian and concentrated on teams that may not be as likely to make the playoffs.  A number of these players graded out higher than Burnett, according to Bleacher Report.

We know that Packers GM Ted Thompson is loath to make trades but this has been a position of need that probably should have been addressed in the past draft. Now the failure to do so may result in another early exit from the playoffs for the Packers.

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Topics: Green Bay Packers, Safety, Ted Thompson

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